Aretta-Rie Johnson is an administrator, consultant, photographer, visionary, pastor, and insightful educator who has served in the nonprofit area for decades working with youth. D.I.V.I.N.E. Institute evolved in response to keeping her children occupied in the summer by improving their vocabulary and manners. Subsequently, D.I.V.I.N.E. Institute was incorporated and in 1999 and received its charitable organization designation - 501 (c) (3).
Aretta-Rie Johnson rears from a family of service and endeavors to continue the legacy. She began her nonprofit service working with her uncle (the late Reverend Walter L. Battle) at Refuge Christian Youth Center, Action Workshop, and Institute of Learning, during her teenage and young adult years. This is where her love for youth derived.
Johnson’s love for youth was perpetuated by working in her mother’s daycare and foster home for many years until she purchased a home exclusively for a
shelter. Consequently, after marrying (Kevin Johnson), Aretta-Rie became a foster parent with Ramsey County (1989) until she moved to Sherburne County
D.I.V.I.N.E. Institute was incorporated in 1994. Aretta-Rie used a doctoral level
Grantsmanship class as a tool to apply for a 501 (c) (3). Since, D.I.V.I.N.E. has become a premier vocabulary program for summer learning and partners with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education to receive scholarships to pay for the scholars who attend.
Several parents and scholars began to ask Aretta-Rie to consider opening a school or boarding house. After much contemplation, Aretta-Rie purchased a home in Ramsey County for a group home and named it D.I.V.I.N.E. Intervention as a strategy to continue helping girls have fun under the auspices of education while discovering their passion.